Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” (Prov. 1:5)
READ: Romans 10:16-18
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” (Prov. 1:5).
Another way to identify the wise is by what he hears. God has given everyone the right to determine what to hear and what not to hear. What you hear does not stop at your ear gate but goes into your heart, affects your actions and reactions and can determine your destiny. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). One effective way of keeping your heart under control is by filtering what goes in there. If your ears are open to unwholesome words such as gossips, backbiting, erotic talks, then you are not wise. If you listen to and enjoy worldly songs, you are not acting wisely.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). The fellow who hangs around those who tell him he can never make it in life, is of course a fool. If you are wise, you will redefine your relationship with anyone who says unedifying things to you. Anyone who is always speaking negative words is an enemy of the wise. You have nothing in common. Even if the church, or some task or assignment has brought you together, you have different destinations. Cut off from that fellow! Anyone that cannot add value to your life must be delisted from your register of friends.
The wise fellow deliberately selects what he hears. He listens to what edifies him. One major source of hope and faith is God’s Word. You will know the wise fellow by the length of time he gives to the word of God—reading the Bible, listening to message tapes and healthy Gospel music, etc. The wise stands out by regularly attending church meetings where he can hear God’s Word. He listens to only what stirs up the fire of consecration and holiness in him. Are you wise? What do you listen to regularly? Why listen to those who destroy your faith? The wise choose what they listen to. What you hear affects you in many ways. If you keep hearing encouraging words, you will be built up. However, every discouraging word you hear has the tendency of pulling you down. It is entirely your choice!
Wise people have filters at their ear gate to sieve what they hear. The ears of fools have no filters: they can listen to anything, anytime, anywhere.
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